In case you’re wondering why TCM is running the movies it is today, it’s Doris Day’s birthday. She’s 96. In honor of the day, please don’t eat any daisies.
Christine Shawcroft is a member of the British Parliament and was, until recently a member of the executive committee of the Labour Party, the largest out-of-power party in the UK. She resigned from the executive committee recently over a controversy where she supported a local Labour Party candidate who had previously written a holocaust denial article. The British Labour Party has been troubled because some members have been accused of anti-Semitism. Ms. Shawcroft has been replaced in her leadership position by comedian Eddie Izzard.
Saint Karen (who must be a saint to put up with me) and I have only spent a few days in England in our lives, but we approve of this substitution. Worldwide, we believe, there are way too many clowns in politics, so we view comedians as a step in the right direction.
My local bagel store was open on Sunday, so it didn’t surprise me that they wished me Happy Easter. For those who don’t understand the joke, bagels are ethnic food associated with Jewish people. Easter Sunday was two days after the first night of Passover. Observant Jews are prohibited by religious dietary laws from eating leavened bread during Passover. Therefore, on this Easter Sunday, it was very unlikely for the owners, staff, or customers at the bagel store to be Jewish.